Volume 22 - Issue 12 - December 2009
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Is Barefoot Running Beneficial Or Detrimental?
By Lauren Grant, Assistant Editor
With the emergence of new research and more footwear that simulates barefoot running, the debate seems to be intensifying in the podiatry community about the merits of barefoot running.
Given the challenges of ensuring sound profitability for your practice in a difficult economic climate, this author reviews key principles to ensure proper billing and reimbursement, and how to minimize expenses. He also discusses key considerations when debating whether to offer additional services or purchase new diagnostic equipment.
There are two components for the financial success of a practice: maximizing income and minimizing expenses. Being able to achieve both of these components is essential, especially in these difficult economic times.
Lateral column pain has a variety of possible etiologies ranging from peroneal tendon disorders and cuboid syndrome to skewfoot and postoperative symptoms after plantar fascia release. Accordingly, these authors survey the literature and offer pertinent pearls on diagnosing and treating this condition.
Given the common nature of lateral ankle sprains and the development of chronic ankle instability in some of these patients, these authors offer key diagnostic tips, share their thoughts on conservative modalities and review the literature on surgical options.
Given the high stakes in diagnosing potentially dangerous lower extremity tumors, having a clear idea of the clinical presentation is vital. This author uses several case studies to demonstrate the effective diagnosis and treatment of non-pigmented tumors.
Flesh colored lesions anywhere on the body can pose a diagnostic challenge. They typically are the “zebras” in a field of horses. In other words, they are uncommon but one should think of them on a regular basis when a lesion presents as unusual or not responding to common therapies.
Given the challenges of prescribing orthoses in women’s dress shoes, this author addresses biomechanical considerations, device modifications and the five most common mistakes in writing orthotic prescriptions for this growing patient population.
Terror strikes the hearts of many practitioners when a woman walks into their office with a bag full of dress flats, wedges and pumps. Regardless of gender, the podiatric physician cringes at the thought of dealing with a “shoe” issue rather than a pathological or symptomatic foot.
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